The Secret Teachings of All Ages Manly P. Hall Huston Smith says that this classic is "a masterful summation of the esoteric teachings of the ages". And Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo astronaut, says "it will guide historians, philosophers, and lay seekers of esoteric wisdom for centuries."
"All is in God and God is in all; all is in all and each is in each."
"In the theology of the Egyptians, goodness takes precedence and all things partake of its nature. Goodness is sought by all. It is the Prime Cause of causes. Goodness is self-diffused and hence exists in all things."
"Every existing creature manifests some aspect of the intelligence or power of the Eternal One."
“Through reason man is enabled to elevate himself above the illusionary world of the senses and find eternal repose in perfect union with the Divine Essence.”
"Every visible object, every abstract thought, every emotional reaction is but the symbol of an eternal principle."
“To the Gnostics, the Christ was the personification of the Divine Mind.”
"Within the divine, incorporeal, and eternal sphere are included all the lower manifestations of life – all that is, has been, or ever shall be. Within the Kosmic Intellect all things spiritual or material exist as archetypes, or divine thought-forms."
"Within the nature of man is reflected the entire universe in miniature."
"The invisible nature of man is as vast as his comprehension and as measureless as his thoughts. The fingers of his mind reach out and grasp the stars; his spirit mingles with the throbbing life of Cosmos itself."
"The fiat of God is heard in the voice of the elements, and all things in Nature manifest through harmony, rhythm, order."
"God writes His will upon the face of celestial and terrestrial Nature. With this language we read God's will for all His creatures."
"God is in all. Therefore, all are divinely in the Divine."
"The power to think true is the savior of humanity. The mythological and historical Redeemers of every age were all personifications of that power."
"This world is but the shadow of God….All that is in the invisible archetypal sphere is revealed in the sensible corporeal world by the light of Nature."
"The human body is the Little House made in the image of the Great Universal House. 'Know ye not', asked the Apostle Paul, 'that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?'"
"Right thinking, right feeling, and right action – these are three gates through which the Christ power passes into the material world, there to labor in the erection of the Temple of Universal Brotherhood."
"The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all people welcome to the House of Light. The great institution of materiality has failed. The false civilization built by humanity has turned, and like the monster of Frankenstein, is destroying its creator. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theological speculation. Science batters itself impotently against the barriers of the unknown. Only transcendental philosophy knows the path. Only the illumined reason can carry the understanding part of humanity upward to the light. Only philosophy can teach us to be born well, to die well, and in perfect measure be born again. Into this band – those who have chosen the life of knowledge, of virtue, and of utility – the philosophers of the ages invite you."
"Proclus says: 'Every property of divinity permeates all creation and gives itself to all creatures.'"
"It is seen that all forms are of one substance and all life of one force, and these are co-existent in the nature of the Supreme One."
"Pythagoras taught that both man and the universe were made in the image of God."
"While physically bound to earth (of which his blood and bones are part), there is nevertheless within man a spiritual power, a diviner Self, through which he is one with the symphony of the Whole."
“Xenophanes declared that God ‘is all things’.”
"The archetypes are abstract patterns formulated in the Divine Mind."
"Alchemy teaches that God is in everything; that He is One Universal Spirit, manifesting through an infinity of forms."
"The ancients believed that the theory of humanity's being made in the image of God was to be understood literally. They maintained that the universe was a great organism not unlike the human body, and that every phase and function of the Universal Body had a correspondence in humanity."